When she was four, her father left the family. For a time, the family lived with comedian Harry Enfield while her mother dated him. The Clash singer and guitarist Joe Strummer was close to Allen. At that point Allen said she knew that music was something she needed to do either as a lifelong vocation or to get it out of her system.
She played piano to grade 5 standard and achieved grade 8 in singing. Allen also played violin, guitar and trumpet and was a member of a chamber choir. Her first solo was " In the Bleak Midwinter ". She dropped out of school at age fifteen, not wanting to "spend a third of her life preparing to work for the next third of her life, to set herself up with a pension for the next third of her life. Career beginnings When her family went to Ibiza on holiday, Allen told her mother that she was staying with friends but remained in Sant Antoni de Portmany instead.
She earned money by working at a Plastic Fantastic record store and dealing ecstasy. She eventually used her father's connections to get signed to London Records in Allen began writing songs, while her manager introduced her to production duo Future Cut in They worked in a small studio in the basement of an office building. Alright, Still and other endeavours Allen in The success convinced her label to allow her more creative control over the album and to use some of the songs that she had written instead of forcing her to work with mainstream producers.
Allen decided to work with producers Greg Kurstin and Mark Ronson , finishing the rest of the album in two weeks. By December , her music video for Smile had been played on various music channels as well as the song getting a little airplay.
Entertainment Weekly named Alright, Still as one of the top 10 albums of despite the fact that it had not yet been released in the US. The album was released in the US on 30 January , landing at 20 on the Billboard She sang "LDN" and "Smile". Allen won a BMI songwriting award for "Smile". At the urging of her record company, Allen tried unsuccessfully to create the album with several writers and producers.
Allen eventually returned to Greg Kurstin who had written three songs for Alright, Still. This is a change from her earlier work in which she wrote lyrics for finished tracks. I wanted to work with one person from start to finish to make it one body of work.
I wanted it to feel like it had some sort of integrity. I think I've grown up a bit as a person and I hope it reflects that. Giddings said that the reason given was not acceptable and possibly a lie. Giddings decided not to sue her. An emotional Allen dedicated her performance of " Littlest Things " to her grandmother who died the night before. During autumn , EMI was undergoing restructuring. Due to this environment, a decision was made to move the album's eventual release date.
By 18 February , "The Game" had been played over two million times. Allen appeared overwhelmed by this recognition from what she considered "real awards". The pair sang " Dream a Little Dream of Me " at a karaoke auction fundraiser. Allen and her sister opened their own clothing store titled "Lucy in Disguise" on 15 September In November that year, she took legal action against Associated Newspapers , the parent company of the Daily Mail after the Daily Mail published photographs of her home, citing invasion of privacy and copyright infringement.
The first act signed to the label was New York noise pop duo Cults. The song, which also features Wiz Khalifa , was released in September , and reached number ten on the Billboard Hot chart,  making it Allen's first Top 10 single in the United States.
Sheezus On 20 June , Allen tweeted that she was in the studio working with Greg Kurstin on new music. Allen said in October that she was in the studio, "throwing shit in the wall and seeing if anything sticks It's great to work at my own pace with no commitments other than to make music. On 12 November , Allen premiered the video for her new song " Hard Out Here " on her official website.
In an interview with Graham Norton on The Graham Norton Show on 21 February , Allen confirmed that her third studio album would be titled Sheezus, and said that it was "a little nod to Kanye West ". No Shame Following the release of Sheezus , Allen had an "identity crisis", Allen did not enjoy the music she was be asked to create and release and believed that people within the music industry were controlling her musical choices and directions.
Allen has been working with Mark Ronson. When conceiving the album Allen wanted to work through her problems via music. Allen decided to do this because she felt that people are often led "by outside forces" when they are trying to express themselves, the is something she wanted to explore when creating No Shame.
On 24 January Allen announced her new album will be called No Shame. Allen has stated that she spent three weeks in a psychiatric clinic due to depression following the miscarriage.
James church in Cranham, Gloucestershire , England. The designer of Allen's wedding dress confirmed she was several months pregnant on the wedding day.
Her stalker, Alex Gray, who had sent an email to his mother stating he was planning on murdering a celebrity, spent nights in her back garden, broke into her bedroom whilst she was sleeping and ultimately forced Allen to move. She has strongly criticised the Metropolitan Police for their inaction in the case, which included refusals to show Allen a picture of her stalker, lending her a panic alarm before demanding it back and refusal to believe stalking incidents were linked.
Allen claimed that "the death count has been downplayed by the mainstream media", disputing the official figure of 17 fatalities, at the time of the comments, by saying "I'm hearing from people that the figure is much closer to ". She later said that making fun of other pop stars was a result of a lack of confidence, saying "I felt like 'Oh God, I'm short, fat, ugly and I hate all these people who flaunt their beauty. Prior to this, she had expressed discomfort with attention from the paparazzi on her Myspace blog.
People get hurt, people get upset. Some of the material was reprinted in the British tabloid The Sun. Both publications later apologised and paid damages to Allen.
Allen's November video for " Hard out Here " was accused of being racist for its use of mostly black dancers in an allegedly "disapproving" manner. Allen responded that ethnicity was not a factor in hiring the dancers, and the video was a lighthearted satirical look at objectification of women in modern pop music. But I was guilty of assuming that there was a one-size-fits-all where feminism is concerned.